Algae’s key role in taking care of consumer expectations by Roger Gilbert, IAF Publisher
One of the world’s most famous views - The Olmix team poses for a picture at the Théatre National de Chaillot on the banks of the Seine opposite Eiffel Tower and Champs de Mars
he inclusion of algae in food production took on a meaningful turn when Olmix presented its antibiotic-free broiler chicken to delegates attending its one-day conference ‘Building a Healthy Food Chain – Thanks to Algae,’ in Paris last month. The chicken, raised on algae-included feed rations and managed, processed and distributed by Olmix, was tasted by the 400-plus delegates attending the conference. While broiler and fish production differ widely, algae products are attempting to achieve similar levels of food safety in both livestock and aquaculture. Until now the benefits algae provides in terms of human nutrition and health have been largely associated with cultural and coastal communities and with those looking for dietary alternatives. In livestock and fish production algae has been considered a valuable ingredient in its own right for some time, but products have now been developed to help protect health, improve well-being and reduce the need for medicines and in particular antibiotics. Algae has not yet proven itself as a viable source of protein in meeting the growing demand from our food producing animals, particularly not in fish diets where the pressure is on to minimise the amount of fishmeal included in feeds. However, Paris may well prove a turning point in the way we consider algae inclusion in our food production system. “We are now ready to meet consumers’ expectations for a better life,” Olmix marketing director Daniéle Marzin told the delegates crowed into the Hotel Pullman Eiffel Tower conference room.
staff and others which started with a reception in the art deco Théatre National de Chaillot. The conference offered presentations by three professors: Professor Antoine Andremont, professor of microbiology at the University of Paris Medical School on antibiotics and antibiotic resistance – what is the world situation; Professor Dung Cao the deputy director of the Potato, Vegetable and Flower Research Centre in Vietnam on pesticides and their use in Asia; Professor Jose Luiz Tejon Megido, president of TCA International in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Dr Thomas Pavie made the final address which launched of the Olmix antibiotic-free chicken production internationally, the first application for food-producing animals.
Care for all
Olmix has adopted a ‘Care programme’ for its plant, livestock and aqua and human food divisions. Melspring is the company’s ‘Plant Care Division’ and focuses on sustainable products capable of improving plant health, protecting against disease and supporting the environment. Algae products are applied as fertiliser and offer the opportunity to reduce the use of chemical pesticides while lifting crop quality and yields. The Olmix ‘Animal Care Division’ has introduced a product and feeding strategy that aims to eliminate the use of antibiotics in chicken
Guest gather in Paris
Gathered in Paris to celebrate the company’s 20th anniversary, over 300 international invited guests, from customers to agents, to distributors and staff from more than 50 countries enjoyed three days of festivities with local French
From Left: Professor Antoine Andremont, Professor of Microbiology, University of Paris Medical School, Paris; Professor Jose Luiz Tejon Megido, President, TCA International, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Dr Thomas Pavie, former Deputy Agriculture Counsellor for China and North East Asia
20 | INTERNATIONAL AQUAFEED | September-October 2015